Devastating earthquakes struck Afghanistan on October 7, resulting in extensive damage to numerous villages in the Herat region. The seismic activity caused a significant number of injuries and fatalities.
The epicenter, Herat, bore the brunt of the destruction, with many villages left in ruins. The aftermath of the earthquakes led to a breakdown in communication networks, making it challenging for people to stay connected and receive updates. The situation was heart-wrenching, with hundreds of homes reduced to rubble. Survivors faced prolonged periods of uncertainty, either waiting anxiously for news from their loved ones or attempting to reach them through their own means.
The aftermath of the earthquake left hundreds of people grappling with shelter issues after losing their homes or experiencing significant damage. The impending cold weather added to the challenges they faced. Regrettably, shelter was not the sole problem; access to food, a fundamental necessity, also emerged as a pressing issue.
In response, IBC swiftly initiated field operations on the first day after the earthquake. Comprehensive assessments were conducted to identify the immediate and crucial needs. Collaborating with our partner IDRF, we took the first step towards extending support to the Afghan people who endured substantial material and emotional losses in the disaster. Our efforts focused on reaching out to hundreds of families facing dire conditions, ensuring rapid access to food to alleviate their struggles and aid in their survival.
Together with our partner IDRF, we distributed hot meals to more than a hundred families in need in Naib Rafi Village in Zindajan province in the Herat region. We will continue to provide food relief, one of the most basic needs, together with IDRF and to stand by the Afghan people.
As IBC, we will continue to support the earthquake victims who are struggling to survive in Afghanistan. We will also provide tent and blanket relief to the region as soon as possible.